Stuttering U. is a program designed for children who stutter and their families. It is directed by Craig Coleman and Mary Weidner with the assistance of many student volunteers. The program takes place at Marshall University in Huntington, WV.
The 3-day program allows children who stutter to meet and interact in a fun, supportive environment. Children have an opportunity learn about stuttering, take communication risks, and develop meaningful relationships with their peers. Participants are empowered to discover their voices in order to become more confident and effective communicators. Parents have an opportunity to participate in the "parent track," which provides parents with practical knowledge to support the communication needs of their child.
The program is geared toward children who stutter (7-18 years of age) and their families. At least one parent of the child must be present for the duration of the program.
“My wife & I spent many months, at many doctors’ offices & hospitals, trying to figures out how to help our son with his stuttering. In three days the camp gave us, as well as our son, more information about stuttering than we had been able to receive in the past year. The camp was such a blessing in our struggle to understand the ‘whys’, the ‘whats’, the ‘how comes.’ Our son had a blast with the activities they had planned (especially the rock climbing). He also was very reassured when we left camp that working with his speech therapist at school would now be easier because he better understand what is going on and that’s ‘It’s OK to stutter.’”
~Parent of a Stuttering U camper
“Stuttering U. strives to encourage students to bravely embrace differences and understand the importance of being a unique individual.”
~Graduate Student Volunteer
"How many more days until camp next year?"
~Camper, the day after camp ended